Essential Service #4: Mobilize

Mobilize icon with handshakeMobilize Community Partnerships

Mobilize community partnerships and actions to identify and solve environmental health problems

To mobilize community partnerships that identify and solve vector-related health problems, appropriate stakeholders who contribute or benefit from public health must be sought out.  Public health agencies can foster awareness, help build coalitions, and facilitate these partnerships to solve community vector-borne disease health issues.

Vector program activities that fit into Essential Service #4 include, but aren’t limited to:

  1.       Involve community stakeholders in developing a mosquito (or other vector) control plan
  2.       Conduct outreach and build partnerships with organizations that work within the community


How to Help Your Community Create an Effective Mosquito Management Plan A mosquito management guide covering monitoring, surveillance, source reduction, public education, natural enemies, pesticides, and how you can get involved.


Mobilizing Community Partners to Action: How a Small Vector Control Program Tackled Zika   Examples, tools, and resources of how a Local Health Department (LHD) used community partners to address mosquito issues, including the arrival of Zika. Explains local-level coordination after self-assessment centered on ES 4.  Outcomes included outreach, property inspections, education, and media interviews.  

Tulsa Health Department Community Outreach Case Study This case study will explore a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Foundation (PHF) to improve public health communications and mosquito control activities within northeastern Oklahoma. 

Expanding Capacity at local level: ES 8/4 Expanding mosquito surveillance in MI Explores the process of training and equipping local health departments in the state of Michigan to increase capacity and respond to threats of mosquito-borne disease (WNV and invasive/emerging arboviruses) 

Centers of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

Cross-state partnerships to facilitate research, detect new diseases, understand the role of vectors in transmission, and find ways to effectively survey and control vectors. 

Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease 

Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

Southeastern Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease

Northeast Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease